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Salman Shaikh
Salman Shaikh

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What is Cloudflare used for ?

What is Cloudflare ?

Cloudflare is a global network designed to make everything you connect to the Internet secure, private, fast, and reliable. Secure your websites, APIs, and Internet applications. Protect corporate networks, employees, and devices. Write and deploy code that runs on the network edge.

Cloudflare, Inc. is an American web infrastructure and website security company that provides content delivery network and DDoS mitigation services. Its services occur between a website's visitor and the Cloudflare customer's hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites.

Cloudflare is used by websites to mitigate distributed denial-of-service attacks (i.e. multiple access to the website which cause the website to be down) and ensure that the the websites using it are up and running at all times.

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Why you should use Cloudflaer ?

Cloudflare also provides security by protecting Internet properties from malicious activity like DDoS attacks, malicious bots, and other nefarious intrusions. And allows website owners to easily insert applications into their websites without needing to be a developer.

Firewall & DDOS Protection

Along with the caching and CDN, Cloudflare helps protect your site against brute-force attacks and threats against your website. Cloudflare has the advantage of serving over 12 million websites and so can identify malicious bots and users more easily than any operating system firewall.

DDoS mitigation

A commonly used method for disrupting a web application is the use of distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attacks. Cloudflare mitigates DDoS attacks through a variety of strategies including dropping volumetric attack traffic at our edge, and using our Anycast network to properly route legitimate requests without a loss of service. Learn how Cloudflare can help you protect a web property from DDoS attacks.

DNS Security - DNSSEC protection

The domain name system or DNS is the phonebook of the Internet and represents the way in which an Internet tool such as a web browser looks up the correct server. Bad actors will attempt to hijack this DNS request process through DNS cache poisoningon-path attacks and other methods of interfering with the DNS lookup lifecycle. If DNS is the phonebook of the Internet, then DNSSEC is unspoofable caller ID. Explore how you can protect a DNS lookup using Cloudflare.

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